We tried a new (to us) place this morning – Joe’s Diner on 7th Ave in the Melrose District. It is a family-style restaurant that seems to have a large clientele. We arrived just before 8:00 with plenty of seating and within 20 minutes it was almost full. Service was fast and we were served our breakfast in a reasonable amount of time.
Joe’s has a large breakfast menu, with the usual assortment of fare. Elaine chose oatmeal. I had ham and scrambled eggs and biscuits with chorizo gravy. The biscuits and gravy were good; different!
At 9:30 we joined others at the Clubhouse to get set up for the Halloween Parade. Eight units were in the parade; seven were decorated golf carts, the other was a decorated scooter. The parade started at 10:00 and we looped through the whole Park, ending up back at the Clubhouse about an hour later. Prior to us taking off a group of three judges looked over all the entries and chose three prize winners. Elaine and I won First Prize ($25), Marv Fitchett won Second Prize ($15), and Agnes and Donna Volk won Third ($10). All the units looked great; there was a lot of creativity and work that went into the decorations. I have to say, Elaine did a great job with her design. The draped material made it seem like a haunted house with curtains drawn back at the windshield. The two figures on the back were battery operated and played music on a looping system. The spider skeleton on top at the rear wiggled as we moved. The ghost figure on top front was inflated with an internal fan and also had an internal light. There were violet light strings around the top but I had to disconnect them because they were drawing our power pack battery down too fast.
This evening we attended the annual Halloween Dinner at the Clubhouse, along with about 73 others. It was a fun time; many people came in costume and there was a contest for scariest, funniest, and most creative. The dinner meal was a spaghetti dinner, with sauce and meatballs and sausage, along with bread, salads, and many desserts.